I had grand plans of running around the city today, trying to look much cooler than I am, with my tripod, camera remote, and obligatory Starbucks. I had hoped the gorgeous urban architecture surrounding me would help me out. Instead, due to the weather, I’m standing in my bedroom, pushing dirty clothes out of the frame, sans Starbucks, and feeling utterly silly posing for the camera. Ack! As much as I love fashion, THIS is why I am a DIY/Home blogger and not a fashion blogger. But today, I’m putting my camera insecurities aside in order to tell you about something amazing! Something you will want to put at the top of your Christmas list, and I certainly won’t tell if you just go ahead and treat yourself to this one. Golden Tote! Have you heard of them before? I hadn’t either until they contacted me asking if I’d be interested in trying out their fashion delivery site. I only say yes to things I think BOTH of us will like and this one is a winner.
Here is how it works. You visit GoldenTote.com, create your style profile, and select between two totes. Your clothes literally come to you in an adorable Golden Tote, hence the name. You can choose the $49 tote which includes 2-3 items up to a $200 value, or the $149 tote which gives you 5-7 items up to a $600 value. I am a frugal shopper (think Target, Marshalls, Forever 21, H&M), and I found this to be a good deal. If you normally shop retail, then this will blow your mind!
I chose the $149 tote and it directed me to pick two items. Sales start the first Monday of each month and hot items do sell out so shopping early pays off. I shopped in the middle of the month and a few of the items I was interested in were sold out. Fortunately, there were plenty of items that caught my eye so it wasn’t a big deal but something to keep in mind. I chose this floral “Date Night Dress” and a “Button Back Sweater” and they picked out four additional items for me.
I’ve never had a stylist pick out clothes for me before, so I was a bit nervous about what they would choose. I think I do a fairly good job at putting outfits together, but I have to admit that it’s incredibly fun to have someone else do it for you! The best part is that they chose a few things that I wouldn’t normally choose for myself but ended up loving. Fashion is so similar to home decor; it’s good to try new things and keep it fresh!
The only cons I found with Golden Tote are that they don’t accept exchanges or returns on single items, and their sizes only run from XS-Large. They do offer a fun facebook group where you can swap individual clothing items with other Golden Tote members. Fortunately, I loved everything in my tote and it all fit. I’m a size Medium in tops and Large in bottoms…you know, because I’m all about that bass.
So here is the breakdown of what I received in my tote.
1. Cable Knit Zipper Sweater (surprise item)
Love this sweater! I paired the sweater with jeans (can’t remember where I found these), leg warmers (found on Amazon), and boots (from Target). I’ve also worn the sweater with gray paints and black pumps for a dressier look.
2. Dinner Date Dress (chosen item)
This black floral skater-dress is incredibly comfy, and I like that it can go through the seasons. It’s a simple and flattering dress that can easily be dressed up with heels or played down with flats.
3. Tribal Knit Dress (surprise item) and
4. Button Back Sweater (chosen item)
I paired these two together because I liked the casual look. Talk about comfy! I’m actually wearing this outfit today with gray leggings and black boots and feel like I’m still in my p.j.’s. The button detailing on the sweater is fun and unique.
5. Tribal shirt (surprise item)
This shirt is one of my favorite pieces from the tote and is something I wouldn’t have ever picked for myself. It’s a knit spandex material and drapes beautifully.
6. Check Shirt (surprise item)
This is another shirt that I probably wouldn’t have chosen for myself but that I love. I paired the shirt with some black Hue leggings, jewelry from Forever 21, and strappy cage heels. I turned 40 over the summer and want to dress “age-appropriately” at least some of the time. 😉 This outfit makes me feel lady-like and chic.
Want to try Golden Tote for yourself? I think you’ll love it as much as I did. I found it to be an affordable, highly convenient, and above all FUN way to shop. It’s a once and done deal, not a monthly subscription, so there’s no cancellations to worry about. Treat yourself to a tote today and see how easy it is to look effortlessly chic!
Thanks Golden Tote for sponsoring this post by allowing me to review your service! Affiliate links are included and all opinions, thoughts, and wannabe model photos are my own.